Little library of foraged inks (Angie Arsenault)

Angie Arsenault

Angie Arsenault is an artist and researcher from the deindustrializing island of Unama’ki (Cape Breton). Angie’s work engages with concepts of value, detritus, memory, botanical life, survival, folk wisdom and storytelling through interventions in the field and installation predominantly. She holds both a BFA (2004) and MFA (2017) from NSCAD University.

Little library of foraged inks

Spotlight Project

This iteration of the Little library of foraged inks was created with the concept of reemergence, the inner-child, and life cycles in mind. The botanical matter used to make the inks housed in the Little library was foraged in the spring, as vegetal lives reemerged reliably once again from their winter slumber. After their lifecycle is complete they will once again patiently lie dormant until spring’s return. We are like these plants, tentatively emerging from our seemingly endless winter of pandemic lockdown, learning to play out in the world once again. The artworks in this exhibition were created by members of the public in Sydney who chose to experiment and play with the, sometimes surprising, inks on offer in the Little library of foraged inks. I view these works, all together, as a celebration of our collective reemergence. May we each unfurl expansively in the world like leaves in spring.

Land Acknowledgement

With construction still underway in Downtown Sydney, the festival will be hosted at Eltuek Arts Centre for this year. In line with Eltuek Arts Centre's land acknowledgment, we recognize that this festival occurs on the traditional and unceded ancestral territories of the Mi'kma'ki people.

Eymu'ti'k Unama'ki, newte'jk l'uiknek te'sikl Mi'kmawe'l maqamikal mna'q iknmuetumitl. Ula maqamikew wiaqwikasik Wantaqo'tie'l aqq I'lamatultimkewe'l Ankukamkewe'l Mi'kmaq aqq Eleke'wuti kisa'matultisnik 1726ek.

Eltuek Arts Centre is in Unama'ki, one of the seven traditional and unceded ancestral districts of the people of Mi'kma'ki. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship which the Mi'kmaq first signed with the British Crown in 1726.

Ketu'-keknuite'tmek aqq kepmite'tmek ula tela'maiultimkip wjit maqamikew ta'n etekl mtmo'taqney. Ula tett, ula maqamikek, etl-lukutiek l'tunen aqq apoqntmnen apoqnmasimk aqq weliknamk Unama'ki.

We wish to recognize and honour this understanding of the lands on which we reside. It is from here, on these lands, that we work to create and support a culture of self-reliance and vibrancy on Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island).